3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge





These quotes and scriptures strike a chord with me. The scripture Matthew 11:28-29 is one of my favorites because it gives me a peaceful feeling that God has my back. No matter what is going on with my life, I can turn to Him and trust that He will be there for me.

The second scripture is from Psalm 91 and reflects on the peace and certainty one will obtain when turning to God for answers and trusting Him. He will shield you from harm no matter and that protection is never ending.


My third scripture today is all about patience.Sometimes we have to wait through hard and trying times to see the light and blessings. I believe it’s all a lesson to stay strong and resilient, and those qualities will build you into a better well rounded person. I’ve had many things happen in my life that I could’ve given up, but I didn’t!  Instead I rode it out with determination and once you get through all the hard times, the blessings are even sweeter!



Ive been nominated to post for 3 quotes for 3 days challenge by Wheat and Tares at https://thegrizzlegrist.wordpress.com/. I graciously accept the challenge and want to thank her for nominating me! This is new to me but it sounds like fun and I like a challenge. Check out her inspirational blog, which I look forward to reading every week.

The rules for the 3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge are:

1. Post three quotes for three days
2. Each day nominate three bloggers for challenge ( no repetition))
3. Thank who nominated you
4. Inform the nominees

Today I nominate three fellow bloggers who I  enjoy very much and are great people to know in the blogging world.

1. I wish to nominate Jodi at The Creative Life in Between. Jodi’s blog is uplifting with her wonderful art, poetic prose, and delicious recipes. I discovered her blog early on and read it every week, enjoying all that she shares.

2. Next I want to nominate Seven Roses (Daksha) from The Canny Catnip Nook. This blog presents beautiful pictures and creative writing. Daksha includes helpful tips on going green and taking care of our corner of the world.

3. For my third nomination today, I nominate Loretta from safariofthemind.com/. Loretta’s blog has wonderful recipes, articles on gardening and travel. I really enjoy her posts and love the pictures.


All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️



Happy Easter!



Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates! He is risen! This is a beautiful day of rejoicing!








My husband and I sit here in quiet morning peace, thinking of all past Easters when our sons were little. Years of Easter egg hunts and baskets brimming with candy, swimming goggles and bottles of bubbles. Years of visiting my mother in law’s house and seeing family to celebrate.





Now things have changed, it’s slowly evolved the last few years. Our sons have grown into men, so now Easter is different. No more Easter egg hunts or excitement and laughter when they wake up. My mother in law and Tom’s sister and husband have moved away and will celebrate miles away.Yet, even with changes, (which every family experiences)  Easter remains special. As my sister in law said, we have our memories and  I think they are precious.


Easter is a day of renewal and hope.




Change is hard but can be good for us. My family will go to my sister’s house today for a big lunch. I’m making cheesy scalloped potatoes and made strawberry shortcake cupcakes yesterday. It will be a beautiful day, even with changes. Traditions change and we grow as that happens.


Happy Easter to all!

All my Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️🐣

Nature’s Spring Gift



There’s no place I’d rather be than on this dusty road….

venturing out on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

The intense beauty of my home and its heritage run through my veins,

as I welcome  the first signs of spring!

A row of erect trees stand in salute,


as the afternoon sun casts reaching shadows across the road.


Magnificent maples proudly wear their Sunday best, metal sap buckets,
A quaint and historic reminder of long ago,


back to the times of Early European settlers.








Beyond the trees the mountain tops reach to the clouds.


Closer to the eye,  wispy branches mingle here and there while the afternoon sun fades.


Just soggy leaves and brown grass remains,


recovering from a cover of light winter snow.





A decrepit crumbling stonewall leads to a grand maple


and silver sap buckets, hanging with purpose catch my eye.

More evidence of spring…



A vision of nature’s simplicity, the running of the sap is  ruled by the weather,


warm days and cool nights are ideal for the saps flow.







Further down the stretch of road plastic lines connect each maple like a dot to dot at school.


They too do the job of collecting, yet there is no beauty in it.

For the metal old fashioned buckets mean something more to me, spring! home! New England! A picture perfect postcard!



I have memories of a few times my family tapped our trees in the yard long ago.

I remember peeking in the buckets, expecting to hear a ping.

Not much was there, but a  silent flow of a force.

This force is a true pure gift of nature for man to savor.



At last when the sap is collected, it’s heated to a boil.

Parties congregate in the sugar shacks, celebrating spring and the maple’s gifts. 

Amber hues stream from the pitcher, saturating pancakes and sweet to taste.

Lick your lips.



A New England tradition.


Buy New England Maple Syrup today!

Sunday Peace

In the quiet hours of a January Sunday morning, the stove bursts with intense heat as I sit in a meditative state. Twinkling lights are perched in my windows, casting shadows of cars and trucks passing by. The mysterious night darkness will soon break into another promising day!

This is my alone time, a time to gather my thoughts and just be me. Thank God there is a time to be a woman while my mom and wife roles await. In order to be a spectacular mom and special wife, my cup has to be filled every weekend. I don’t have to do much, just watch my cats stalk each other, cherish my first cup of coffee and read the book I’m absorbed in at that moment.

Presently I’m indulging in Kate Braestrup’s latest book called Anchors and Flares. Braestrup is a Maine Fish and Game Chaplain. Her books relate her experiences in rescue operations, as well as her family life. There is something about her writing that draws me in and I want to keep reading. I highly recommend her books Here if you Need Me and Beginner’s Grace. 

As the morning hushed moments wane, busy family life begins as my husband arrives home from sanding the local roads and my 17-year old son rouses from his slumber. My reflections turn into actions as I start the laundry and wife and mom comes to life. Another Sunday has begun and as always, I’m eternally grateful for this life.


All my Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️